Existentialism Explained
You will find out the definitions of personality, freedom, and responsibility as existentialism views them. We’ll make our way through the key topics and ideas of Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus, Heidegger, and other great thinkers.
Answering the Main Questions of Humanity
Duration: 8 hours
+1600 students
Amateur level
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This course will help you:
disclose the message of existentialism and its key thinkers
understand how existentialism affected politics, literature, history, and arts
learn about the crises of humanity in the 20th century
discover why we try to ‘kill’ the ideas of God and Man
analyze the notable works of existentialism (Nausea, The Stranger, The Revolt of the Masses)
Course program
The Origins of Existentialism: Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche
Get to know how Kierkegaard understood the ultimate experience of human existence and how Dostoevsky’s connected to existentialism.
Module 1
We’ll tell you about the key authors, concepts, works, and topics of existentialism.
Module 1. The Origins of Existentialism: Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche
  • 1
    What is ‘existential despair’ and ‘the sickness unto death’ in the works of Kierkegaard?;
  • 2
    Philosophical problematics of Nietzsche’s ‘death of God’;
  • 3
    How did Dostoevsky unfold the idea of man's relations with God in The Brothers Karamazov?;
  • 4
    The interrelation between existentialism and the spiritual crisis of Europe in the second half of the 19th century.
We’ll look into the obscure and complicated philosophy of Martin Heidegger and examine Karl Jaspers’ theory of self-discovery.
Module 2
German Existentialism: Heidegger and Jaspers
Module 2. German Existentialism: Heidegger and Jaspers
  • 1
    The philosophers’ perspective on being;
  • 2
    The relation between the object world and being;
  • 3
    Jaspers’ theory of three sources of wisdom;
  • 4
    Heidegger’s concept of ‘Dasein’ and ‘Das Man’.
We’ll go over Sartre’s biography and philosophy and lay bare the synthesis of existentialist and Marxist ideas in his literary works.
Module 3
Jean-Paul Sartre. The Burden of Freedom
Module 3. Jean-Paul Sartre. The Burden of Freedom
  • 1
    Correlation between freedom and responsibility according to Sartre;
  • 2
    How to read and interpret Sartre's works;
  • 3
    Sartre’s philosophy in the context of existentialism;
  • 4
    Why did Jean-Paul Sartre decline the Nobel Prize in Literature?
We'll tell you how Albert Camus became one of the youngest laureates for the Nobel Prize in Literature, why he criticized the West, and how he became a compass for European morale.
Module 4
Albert Camus
and Absurdist Philosophy
Module 4. Albert Camus and Absurdist Philosophy
  • 1
    How did Camus define absurdity?;
  • 2
    Why must one “imagine Sisyphus happy?”;
  • 3
    The metaphysics of a revolt ;
  • 4
    How to understand Camus’s ideas in literature?
We’ll look closely at the peculiar features of Russian existentialism, particularly the ideas of Nikolay Berdyaev and Lev Shestov, and explain the role of Russian philosophy in the history of existentialism.
Module 5
Russian Existentialism: Berdyaev and Shestov
Module 5. Russian Existentialism: Berdyaev and Shestov
  • 1
    ‘Philosophers' ships’ and what came of them;
  • 2
    How did Berdyaev define personalism?;
  • 3
    The concept of freedom according to Berdyaev;
  • 4
    Shestov’s explanation of a communication problem
We’ll discuss the key concepts of Spanish existentialism. You’ll become familiar with Ortega y Gasset’s definition of the main problems of the ‘mass-man’, and Unamuno’s stance on the topic of the eternal soul.
Module 6
Spanish Existentialism: Unamuno and Ortega y Gasset
Module 6. Spanish Existentialism: Unamuno and Ortega y Gasset
  • 1
    The Dehumanization of Art and The Revolt of the Masses by José Ortega y Gasset;
  • 2
    How José Ortega y Gasset understood the concept of personality;
  • 3
    The problem of the truth in Unamuno’s philosophy;
  • 4
    How does existentialism interpret immortality?
Bonus lecture
Immanuel Kant. The Last Philosopher of the Enlightenment
2 hours
Bonus lecture
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle: Philosophy of Antiquity
2 hours
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Everyone interested in philosophy
Discover how existentialism emerged, developed, and became the main philosophical movement of the 20th century, and see what place it occupies in modern culture.
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Learn how philosophers of the past explained our culture and society and how their works have impacted our perception of the world.
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